A Concise Public Speaking Handbook (MySpeechKit Series)

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9780205440207: A Concise Public Speaking Handbook (MySpeechKit Series)

 The comprehensive coverage of key public speaking topics and skills makes The Concise Public Speaking Handbook an ideal option for anyone looking to improve their public speaking skills and delivery.

 

Ethics and free speech, listening, audience analysis, developing a speech, gathering and supporting speech materials, organizing a speech, introducing and concluding a speech, outlining a speech, delivering a speech, using presentation aids, informative speaking, persuasive speaking, special occasion speaking, and speaking in small groups.

 

Introductory public speaking.

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Public Speaking Handbook, 1/e
Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe, both of Texas State University- San Marcos

Adapted from the authors' top-selling public speaking text, Public Speaking Handbook provides a unique, audience-centered approach in a student-friendly reference format, allowing students to access information quickly and easily. Public Speaking Handbook brings theory and practice together in an understandable and applicable manner. Its distinctive and popular approach emphasizes the importance of analyzing and considering the audience at every point along the way.

Features

  • Written by well-known authors. Steven A. Beebe and Susan J. Beebe have authored several best-selling communication texts, including their widely-used public speaking text. Praised for their accessible content, student-friendly writing style, and audience-centered focus, these experienced authors help make this public speaking handbook the best of its kind available today.
  • Easy-to-use, reference format allows students to retrieve information quickly. Tabbed dividers enable students to access chapters quickly, while the spiral binding makes working with the text easy.
  • Unique, audience-centered approach, introduced in the Beebes' original text, emphasizes the importance of considering the audience at all stages of the public speaking process. The audience-centered model, accompanying each tabbed divider, reminds students of the steps involved in speech preparation and delivery, while simultaneously emphasizing the ongoing process of analyzing and adapting to listeners.
  • TECHNOLOGY ADVANTAGE
    • MySpeechLab is a state-of-the-art, interactive and instructive solution for introductory public speaking. Designed to be used as a supplement to a traditional lecture course, or to completely administer an online course, MySpeechLab combines an E-book, multimedia, video clips, speech preparation activities, research support, tests and quizzes to completely engage students. (See www.myspeechlab.com for further details.)
    • Extensive coverage of tips and principles for using PowerPoint and new technology (Ch. 18) effectively and appropriately support students as they learn how to effectively use visual aids in their presentations.

About the Author:

Steven A. Beebe is Regents’ and University Distinguished Professor in the Department of Communication Studies at Texas State University. He served as Chair of his department at Texas State for twenty-eight years and concurrently as Associate Dean for twenty-five years. Steve is the author or co-author of twelve widely used communication books, most of which have been through multiple editions (including Russian and Chinese editions), as well as numerous articles, book chapters, and conference presentations. He has been a Visiting Scholar at both Oxford University and Cambridge University in England. He made international headlines when conducting research at Oxford; he discovered a manuscript that was the partial opening chapter of a book that was to be co-authored with J. R. R. Tolkien and C. S. Lewis called Language and Human Nature. Steve has traveled widely in Europe and Asia, and has played a leadership role in establishing new communication curricula in Russian universities. He has received his university’s highest awards for research and twice for service, has been recognized as Honors Professor of the year, and was named Outstanding Communication Professor by the National Speaker’s Association. In 2013 he served as President of the National Communication Association, the largest professional communication association in the world. His passions include his family and a lifelong love of music; he is a pianist and organist and a struggling cellist.


Susan J. Beebe’s professional interests and expertise encompass both oral and written communication. Sue has co-authored three books and has published a number of articles and teaching materials in both English and communication studies. She has received the Texas State University Presidential Awards for Excellence in Teaching and in Service and the College of Liberal Arts Awards for Excellence in Scholarly/Creative Activities, in Teaching, and in Service. After serving as Director of Lower-Division Studies in English for eleven years, Sue retired in 2014 from the Department of English at Texas State. An active volunteer in the community of San Marcos, Texas, Sue was the founding coordinator of the San Marcos Volunteers in Public Schools Program and has served on the San Marcos School Board and the Education Foundation Board. In 1993 she was named the statewide Friend of Education by the Texas Classroom Teachers’ Association; in 2000 the San Marcos school district presented her with its Lifetime Achievement Award. Sue enjoys reading, traveling, and caring for the Beebe family cats, Luke and Bouncer. Sue and Steve have two sons: Mark, a graduate of Rice University; and Matt, a graduate of Southwestern University and a middle school teacher in nearby Austin.

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